Mandated Maternity Leave

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Photo courtesy of Jenn Ross Photography 

Wow, San Francisco!!  The city where I found my heart, the city of love, now the city of mandated, paid maternity leave!!!!!  While other cities including New York and New Jersey offer paid maternity leave, this is the first law mandating the employer pay both maternity and paternity leave (just as important).  American women have adapted to going back to work as early as six weeks after birth and that is they work for a “generous” employer.  While six weeks is far too early to separate a new mother and infant, it is a step in the right direction.  Those first six weeks are physically and emotionally demanding for a new mom.  Confronted with healing, lack of sleep, learning to breastfeed, and transitioning into this selfless roll, it is about time the U.S. steps up and recognizes.  The postpartum period stretches well beyond six weeks, but the reality is something is better than nothing.  I hope this is just the beginning!!!

San Francisco ❤

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Normalizing Breastfeeding

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Yay Target!!! So proud of Target for stepping up and supporting breastfeeding women!  Let me start by saying, as a baby nurse, I support a woman’s right to feed her baby however she can/wishes.  I think it’s equally important that a breastfeeding mother have options while out and about.  There is a stigma still associated with breastfeeding in public places.  In the U.S., many women are faced with feeding in a toilet stall in a public restroom.  It makes me cringe!! My sister and I were at Target today and her two week old woke up for a feeding.  It was her first outing since Mollie was born, so she had planned to take her to the car for feedings.  She had, however, heard that breastfeeding moms take precedence in the dressing rooms at Target and sure enough she was right.   The women’s side was full, so she was given a fitting room on the men’s side, no questions asked!!!!  Paula, a Target employee in Port Orange, Florida, went out of her way to provide my sister with  the largest room.  Thank you!!!